• A meeting in which all stakeholders in a project attempt to resolve conflicts and map solutions.

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Example Sentences

“The last project dragged on, so this year’s fundraising efforts will be organized through a charrette.” 

“After the charrette, the team members split up to tackle their own tasks with clear goals in mind.” 

“Let’s organize a charrette for the quarterly planning session instead of holding lots of individual meetings.”

Word Origin

French, mid-20th century

Why this word?

Throw out your preconceived notions of dull meetings that don’t seem to accomplish anything. The charrette, born out of the 19th-century architectural scene in Paris, is a format designed to bring people together and make big things happen in a short period of time. The World Bank describes it in regards to community planning: “The charrette process can be adapted to fit different projects, but all charrette initiatives use the same basic strategy: Planners involve as many stakeholders as early as possible in a set of short, intensive design meetings. In these collaborative, hands-on sessions, participants help planners root out potential problems, identify and debate solutions, and create a buildable plan.”

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